Road Cycling in Keswick

Road Cycling in Keswick

Overview

The C2C route is a 225km route traversing Northern England from Whitehaven or Workington on the West coast to Tynemouth or Sunderland on the east. Keswick makes an ideal first day stop for the majority of people taking four days to complete the ride. A good option is to spend the night prior to the start at YHA Keswick, before heading out to the coast to end the first day back there. Find it on Sustrans: routes 71, 7 and 14.

The End2End route is Britain’s ultimate two wheeled adventure: a cross-section of the British countryside covering at least 1000 miles between its two most distant points, Lands End and John O’Groats. Many riders choose YHA Keswick as a stopover while undertaking this mammoth feat.
  
The Fred Whitton Challenge is arguably the toughest sportive in Britain. The official sportive takes place in May, but it can also be tackled as a year round personal challenge. The route is 180km and takes in the challenging Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknot and Wrynose passes whilst racking up almost 4000m of climbing. Many people choose to cycle the Fred Whitton over two or three days, with YHA Keswick, YHA Wasdale Hall, YHA Eskdale, YHA Coniston Holly How and YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe all ideally situated for overnight stops.
  
Around Skiddaw and Blencathra, this 56km route circumnavigates the two mountains that dominate Keswick’s northern skyline. Leaving the hostel on Station Road, turn right and continue through Keswick across the mini roundabout and take your first right turn after crossing the bridge over the River Greta. Continue on this road until the large roundabout over the A66. Take the second exit and use caution when negotiating the roundabout. Continue along the A591 for approximately 8km before taking the right turn up a narrow lane signposted to Orthwaite. This lane has some short steep dips and climbs as it rises to Udale Moor, but don’t forget to enjoy the splendid views to the back of Skiddaw as you go. At the T junction at the top of Udale Moor turn right and enjoy a majestic bit of tarmac laid out along the open moorland as it slowly drops into Caldbeck village where you can find a couple of pubs to refuel. Continue through Caldbeck along quiet country lanes to the village of Hesketh Newmarket. Once through the village take a right turn signposted to Keswick and follow this road until you come to Mungrisdale, where you take a right turn onto a gated country lane leading to Scales at the foot of Blencathra. From here there is a wide cycling path alongside the A66 all the way to the Village of Threlkeld. Once through the village, cross the A66 and follow signs for Castlerigg Stone Circle. Take time to enjoy this Neolithic monument before descending back to Keswick. 
 
This is a small selection of rides from YHA Keswick, please ask our knowledgeable staff for more ideas for your cycling day out.

Hostels nearby

Road Cycling in Keswick

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5LH

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY267235

Lat/Lng: 54.602104, -3.13502

Contact information

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Other things to do nearby

Walking and Rambling in Keswick

Walking and Rambling in Keswick

A walk up Skiddaw, one of the four 3,000s, rewards you with fantastic views over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite while Blencathra with its many ridges, including Sharp Edge, is for the more adventurous

Mountain Biking in Keswick

Mountain Biking in Keswick

Whinlatter Visitors Centre is just five miles from YHA Keswick with some of the best purpose built single track mountain bike trails in the country.

Cycling in Keswick

Cycling in Keswick

From YHA Keswick there is a cycle route to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for a gentle ride following the River Greta along an old railway track to tackling the famous 112 mile Fred Whitton cha

Climbing in Keswick

Climbing in Keswick

For an accessible road-side route try Little Chamonix for an entry level climb.

Watersports in Keswick

Watersports in Keswick

Within a three mile radius of Keswick you can try canoeing, sailing and kayaking, all available on Derwentwater.

Museum

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery

With its large collection of exhibits, the museum is a fascinating place to discover old Keswick and the Lake District. See the museum website.

The Puzzling Place

The Puzzling Place

Stuffed with puzzles, gadgets and curiosities The Puzzling Place is guaranteed to have something to amuse, entertain or puzzle you.

climbing

Climbing in Wigton

There are fantastic crags, climbing and bouldering in the area, just make sure you look across the valley to get the best views from the top!

Keswick Adventure Centre

Keswick Adventure Centre

Offering multi-activity courses in everything from ghyll scrambling and zip-wires to raft-building and waterrollerz.

The Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum

Enter through a graphite mine replica and follow the path of pencil making from the reign of Elizabeth 1st to the present day.

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake

One of the most beautifully located theatres in England, hosting film and literary festivals throughout the year.

Derwentwater boat trips

Boat trips on Derwentwater

Cruise the lake stopping at the lakeshore jetties where you can change boats, or enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.

Derwentwater

Keswick Launch Company

Daily launches around the lake stopping at Keswick, Nichol End, Hawes End, Low Brandlehow,, High Brandlehow, Lodore and Ashness Gate.

mountain biking

Mountain biking in Hawse End

Experience the thrill of two wheels. See the world from a different angle, get the excitement of speed and learn how to handle your bike on the rough stuff while staying in control

climbing

Climbing in Hawse End

Try one of our courses and explore all of the fantastic crags, climbing and bouldering in the area.